Change Ups: Van Til receives APA’s PTSD certification


The American Psychotherapy Association bestowed Holland resident Rick Van Til, Sr. the Board Certified Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinician for demonstrating dedication to counseling and a willingness to devote time and energy to advancing the field. Van Til is a therapist at Allegan County Community Mental Health, which works with homeless adults to coordinate services in and around the community. Previously, he was executive director of advancement and fund raising specialist for Biblica, International Bible Society, USA.


Norman Byrne, founder of Byrne Electrical Specialists, was honored Nov. 22 as the 2016 West Michigan Spartans Business Person of the Year by the West Michigan Spartans.

Sable Homes in Rockford is the recipient of four awards during the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Awards for Excellence program: Best Kitchen, Best Floor Plan, Best Curb Appeal and Best Interior Elements for its spring entry in the $150,000-$200,000 price range. Sable Homes president John Bitely also was named the HBAGGR’s top recruiter.


Level One Bank in Farmington Hills hired Susan C. Wisler as a market development manager and Bonnie Potter as a mortgage banker, both in Grand Rapids. Wisler and Potter join Level One Bank from Huntington Bank in Grand Rapids, where Wisler served as branch manager and Potter as a mortgage loan officer.


Kentwood Office Furniture announced Betsy Hauter joined the company as sales administrator in the Grand Rapids office. 


Ryan Long joined Triangle Associates as its director and education market segment leader.


2/90 Sign Systems named Michael Herweyer as its president. He was first hired 27 years ago as a part cutter in the manufacturing department and later promoted to manufacturing supervisor and later to the design team. By the late 1990s, he was serving on the executive team, first as a director, then as vice president of technical sales.


Cornerstone University announced the election of Dr. Lee June and Rev. Artie Lindsay to its board of trustees.

Ferris State University’s Alpha Iota chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma was named the LKS 2016 Student Chapter of the Year at the national convention in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Lambda Kappa Sigma is an international professional organization, established in 1913, with the goal of promoting the involvement of women in pharmacy. LKS has 32 student chapters across the U.S. and British Columbia, Canada.

The Gilmore Car Museum’s Gilmore Garage Works in Hickory Corners announced some of its students will run in the June 2017 Great Race of vintage automobiles. The competition is not about high speed racing but an endurance rally, where following precise instructions and arriving on time each day are key. Three of the adult mentors and four to six students will make the Garage Works team. The Garage Works is an after-school program that provides hands-on involvement with maintaining and restoring vintage cars,


O'Keefe announced Tim Thompson joined the firm as the managing director of the Grand Rapids office. Thompson brings 15 years of consulting, project management and M&A advisory experience, focusing on performance improvement and post-merger integration in a variety of industries, including publishing, media, engineering, construction and telecommunications.


The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation announced it hired Christopher Riker as vice president of advancement and donor services. Riker will steward existing donors and constituents, as well as introduce Community Foundation services and expertise to individuals, families, corporations, private foundations and professional advisors. He also will work on actively engaging the next generation in philanthropic conversations.


Comstock Park-based Feeding American West Michigan was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund healthy food distributions at Grand Rapids-area schools through the School Mobile Pantry program, a child hunger initiative that provides low-income families with a readily accessible source of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and baked goods.


The City of Grand Rapids opened four parks after major reconstruction was completed throughout the summer: Camelot, Douglas, Dickinson and Mulick parks. The more than $2.5 million in renovations feature new picnic shelters, restroom facility improvements, playground enhancements, new walking paths, new landscaping, ball field upgrades and new site furnishings (benches, bike loops, drinking fountains and trash cans).

Kent County Board of Commissioners chairman Jim Saalfeld and Circuit Court Family Division presiding judge Kathleen Feeney jointly announced they have developed an action plan to study the Friend of the Court Bench Warrant Enforcement Program. Among the task force’s goals is to provide a forum for community engagement and dialogue about child support enforcement practices, research best practices for community engagement in child support enforcement and addressing outstanding bench warrants.

The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Ottawa County’s 20th Circuit Court Judge Jon VanAllsburg to the position of chief judge for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2017. The chief judge has “administrative superintending power and control over the judges of the court and all court personnel” to supervise caseload management, monitor judicial workloads, assign the business of the court, develop policies, oversee court finances and more.


Degage Ministries honored the area’s homeless veterans Nov. 11 with dinner, a pinning ceremony, performances and speeches by veterans. The Veterans Affairs of Michigan estimates there are more than 100,000 homeless veterans on any given day.

Sunset Retirement Communities & Services in Jenison announced its director of development Daniel Gowdy earned a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation;  Emily Foster was promoted to assistant administrator of its Rose Garden community and Angela Russo was promoted to director of recreational therapy of its Brookcrest campus. Both are located in Grandville.

The 20th Circuit Court Family Division announced it will highlight the importance of adoption and the needs of children in foster care when it finalizes forever families during its Adoption Day on Nov. 22 with ceremonies and confirmation hearings with judges Mark Feyen and Kent Engle presiding.


Perrigo Co. PLC announced the appointment of independent directors Geoffrey M. Parker and Theodore R. Samuels to its board of directors.


Muskegon Area First Procurement Technical Assistance Center director Pamela Vanderlaan-Poort was elected as president of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers MI Inc., a nonprofit organization consisting of 10 regional Procurement Technical Assistance Centers across all of Michigan’s 83 counties, assisting businesses in selling their products and/or services to government markets.


Kent County voters approved by a 3-1 margin the 911 Public Safety Dispatch surcharge increase, allowing the county to assess an additional 70 cents per month, per line for phone service in Kent County, making the new monthly levy $1.15 per phone, which works out to $13.80 per year per phone.

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